Thursday, June 15, 2006

Show 74 Thursday 15 June

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Kia Ora. This is Stick News.
Tomorrow the Japanese government is set to enact a revised law that will give them more power in the fight against plastic bags.

There are 722 people in the Diet in Japan.
Like politicians in most countries, they spend their time rambling and passing silly laws. But it’s not all talking bollocks ... sometimes they pass excellent laws.
In Japan, a ridiculous amount of plastic is used. To fight against this wastefulness, the government is revising a law called The Containers and Packaging Recycling Law.
Under the revised law, the government will have more powers to harass supermarkets about reducing the use of plastic shopping bags.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 15th of June.

conversations with sarah

# 49 How long did you go for?
Asking about someone’s trip.

Sarah asks Hiroko about her trip to Paris.
Step 1: Repeat Hiroko’s lines.
Step 2: Read Hiroko’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah  How was your trip to Paris?

Hiroko It was great!

Sarah  How long did you go for?

Hiroko 7 days.

Sarah  And what did you do?

Hiroko We went to Monet’s house. And we went to the Louvre, but we couldn’t go to the Musee D’Orsay.

Sarah  Really? Why not?

Hiroko Well, my friend was in the queue before it opened and suddenly they announced that it wouldn’t open that day.

Sarah  Really? Why?

Hiroko I don’t know.


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Show 73 Wednesday 14 June

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Kia Ora. This is Stick News.
A man robbed a post office in Tokyo last month. But then he felt guilty. So he returned the money with interest, then turned himself in.

The 33-year-old man said he really needed some money, so he robbed a post office.
He stole 340,000 yen.
Then, after the robbery, he was in a traffic accident and got money for compensation.
Then he regretted robbing the post office. So he went back, wearing a mask, and returned the money – with an extra 10,000 yen.
But he still felt guilty, so he turned himself in at a police station.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 14th of June. Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah

# 48 How would you do it?
Conditional tense practice

Jane asks Sarah a random question about robbing a bank.
Step 1: Repeat Jane's lines.
Step 2: Read Jane's lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Jane  Hey Sarah...

Sarah Yeah?

Jane  If you were going to rob a bank, how would you do it?

Sarah If I was going to what?

Jane  Rob a bank.

Sarah If I was going to rob a bank?

Jane  Yeah. How would you do it?

Sarah Ummm. Well, I wouldn’t rob a bank.

Jane  Yeah, I know. But hypothetically speaking...

Sarah OK. Hypothetically speaking...umm...if I was going to rob a bank, what would I do? Mmm Well I don’t like guns, so I don’t want to use a gun. Maybe I could just ask for it nicely: “can you please give me some money?” But then I guess that wouldn’t be robbing would it. I know, I’ll wear my dogi and go in there and make some strange sounds.


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